Il-Programme URBACT għandu l-għan li jiffaċilita l-ħidma aktar mill-qrib ta’ bliet u irħula sabiex jiżviluppaw soluzzjonijiet komun,i għall-isfidi komuni. Dan jista jsir permezz ta’ inizjattivi ta’ networking, tagħlim reċiproku tal-esperjenzi individwali, kif ukoll permezz ta identifikazzjoni ta’ prattiċi tajba dwar kif tista titjieb u tissaħħaħ il-politika urbana.
L-Uffiċċju Nazzjonali tal-URBACT jifforma parti mid-Diviżjoni għall-Gvern Lokali, fi ħdan il-Ministru għall-Ġustizzja, Kultura u Gvern Lokali. L-Uffiċċju għandu fergħa li jirrapreżentah, fil-lokalita’ tar-Rabat, ġewwa Għawdex. L-iskop tal-Uffiċċju hu li jippromwovi u jiddissemina informazzjoni relatata mal-istess programm.
This article aims to provide a better understanding of the retail sector in order to give clues for public policy decision-makers who want to contribute to create an environment in the city in which retailers can thrive, compete, and innovate for the betterment of the city and its inhabitants.
Early September 2016 the full CityMobilNet partnership met for the first learning seminar in Malta! All of us set the work programme jointly to concentrate the learning experience on the issues most relevant for developing our SUMPs. In a dense 2-day programme, we gathered new knowledge and experiences by workshops, roadshows and knowledge markets.
Urban resilience is the capacity of urban systems, communities, individuals, organisations and businesses to recover, maintain their function and thrive in the aftermath of a shock or a stress, regardless of its impact, frequency or magnitude.
Eight years after the advent of the Global Financial Crisis, much of Europe's economy continues to be sluggish, with uneven rates of jobs and business growth across the EU. There are, of course, bright spots on the map, but overall the picture remains disappointing.
URBACT is inviting cities across the EU to step up and apply for the new URBACT Good Practice City label before the call closes on 31 March 2017.
The award, launched in December, celebrates good practices in sustainable, integrated urban development, and will publicise winning solutions that other European cities can use.
The application process is relatively simple, taking just a couple of hours to complete online.
Registration is open for the URBACT City Festival (link is external) on 3-5 October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia! European cities of all sizes, apply now while places are still available – whether you are familiar with URBACT, or discovering this EU programme for the first time.
What links Barcelona, Tampere and Dupnitsa? Not much, you might think. Barcelona is a global city with an international reputation for innovation, gastronomy and culture. Tampere is a medium sized city located in Finland, historically linked to the country’s industrial revolution. Dupnitsa is a small conurbation located in western Bulgaria sitting at the foot of the Balkans’ highest mountain. The answer? All three have recently been awarded the status of URBACT Good Practice city.
Looking for ideas on how to improve a city’s air quality, support local jobs, or involve citizens in accommodating refugees? Scores of tried-and-tested city solutions have been published online by URBACT, the EU learning and exchange programme for integrated, sustainable urban development.
The call for the creation of URBACT Transfer Networks is open until 10 January 2018. The objective of these networks is the adaptation and transfer of URBACT labelled Good Practices to other municipalities that have similar challenges, but less experience.
Some questions may arise to the city wishing to apply: What does the Good Practice city gain from sharing knowledge? What if the political and cultural background in my city is completely different? Which traps should be avoided when adopting a good practice in my own city?
To find answers, not necessary to travel far: there is some experience within URBACT.
TUTUR was an URBACT pilot transfer network focusing on the temporary use of vacant spaces, set up to “test” the transfer approach from one city to another. Launched in 2014, for 15 months, the network involved three partners: Rome (IT), Alba Iulia (RO) – the ‘Transfer cities’; and Bremen (DE) – which acted as the ‘Good Practice city’.
Striving towards sustainability together
The occurrences and types of events and catastrophes related to climate change (environmental , biodiversity, human, social or societal concerns) have been constantly increasing for more than a century and especially in the last decades. Although these are mostly observed at meta level, it is a local level that both public authorities and citizens should act to implement and undertake concrete actions for a wide societal change. Some URBACT Good Practices understood it quite well and are developing not only sustainable strategies that are local and concrete, but also participatory ones: this is what Manchester (UK), Santiago de Compostela (ES), Milan (IT) and Tallinn (EE) addressed during the “Together for sustainability panel” of the URBACT City Festival held in Tallinn, Estonia on 5 October 2017.
The incremental integration of citizens in sustainable policies
Already more than 430 delegates have registered to URBACT City Festival. On 13-14 September in Lisbon (PT) city practitioners, elected representatives, urban experts from all over Europe will work together, discuss the findings of 20 Action Planning Networks, and celebrate the 15th anniversary of the programme and the rising influence of cities as actors of change in Europe.
Secure your participation now. Register before June 30: 2018cityfestival.urbact.eu
Registrations are now open for the 2018 European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), taking place in Brussels 8-11 October under the headline of ‘For a strong EU Cohesion Policy beyond 2020'.
You can register (link is external) directly for the sessions that you are interested in, including a session run by URBACT on overcoming implementation challenges to sustainable urban development solutions (more info below). URBACT is also contributing to a joint session of the European Territorial Programmes on building a user-centric digital public sector (also below).
The event will be a great opportunity to bring together smaller cities in Europe to share ideas on how to improve their vitality. The conference proposes inspiring talks, good practices presentations and panel discussions with carefully selected experts and cities, around 3 main topics:
developing new local retail propositions
engaging the community in placemaking
enhancing the local agricultural production.
25 countries are represented in the 23 networks which gather a total of 161 individual partners. About 37% of partners are newcomers to URBACT, meaning that they have never been involved in an URBACT II or III network before.
The 24 month-long Phase 2 is divided into two distinct periods:
• The first 18 months make up the Transfer Learning period during which partners will focus on the transfer exchange and learning activities within the network
• The last 6 months – The Transfer Sharing period - will be dedicated to communicating and discussing each partner's transfer experience to a wider audience.
A Phase 2 kick-off meeting will take place mid-January in Paris. On this occasion, Lead Partner and Lead Experts of Transfer networks will find out more about what is expected of them regarding the Transfer plans and the outputs to be produced throughout Phase 2. They will also be introduced to the national trainings (URBACT Campus) in which they will participate during Spring 2019.
Each Transfer network will soon have its dedicated page on the URBACT website which will present the partnership, the aim and challenges of the network and will feature frequent updates on the work of the network.